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October 21, 2014, 3:46 am
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BGA: Questions Arise Over Legislative Inspector General's Relationship with Legislative Leaders


A report from the Better Government Association raises questions about a recently appointed legislative inspector general.

 

The report says William Roberts’ experience as a state’s attorney, chief aide to a governor, and a registered lobbyist may be overshadowed by the financial and political ties his law firm has with leading democrats and republican legislators.

 

BGA says the Chicago-based law firm Roberts worked for, Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP, had a contract with House Speaker Mike Madigan for six years in the early 2000s, with Roberts representing Madigan during an investigation about misuse of state resources.

 

That investigation ended in 2005 with no charges filed. Roberts is a past Sangamon County State’s Attorney and also a U.S. attorney who was an aide to former Governor Jim Edgar.

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